Vote for Seattle Parks & Streets projects on Queen Anne

Voting for the City of Seattle’s “Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets” program is underway. The program is an initiative that allows Seattle residents to democratically decide how to spend part of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements.

$285,000 is allocated for each City Council District; residents can cast their ballots for three project choices in one district of their choice – where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.

To vote for Queen Anne projects, go to the voting site and select District 7. The projects range from safety improvements to the 7-way stop to crosswalks in the business district to traffic & pedestrian improvements near Rodgers Park and SPU.

Voting is easy, and the projects are clearly labeled. Vote before June 30th and select your top 3 projects for Queen Anne, any & all of which would be great improvements to the neighborhood.

 

Walk? Take the Pedestrian Master Plan Update survey

We’re lucky to have local community organizations like Queen Anne Greenways to make sure our streets are safe for pedestrians. However, if you’re a pedestrian, you’ll have a vested interest in the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan, the City’s approach to prioritizing pedestrian improvements across Seattle.

QA Ave N and Galer stairs to ChaseThe Pedestrian Master Plan Update survey is open now, and it takes about 5 minutes or less to complete it. It asks respondents to rate/rank the importance of different pedestrian improvements, from safe sidewalks to visible crosswalks (check out the almost-non-existent crosswalk at Queen Anne Ave N & Galer St to the right) to speed limits for cars.

The survey also shows a variety of different alternatives to traditional sidewalks that would be less expensive for the City to implement in areas where no sidewalks exist today.

Check out the survey today and let the city know what you think about different approaches to keeping pedestrians safe both on Queen Anne and in Seattle.

Queen Anne Greenways meets tonight; 7-way stop, McGraw & 7th Ave W, and more

QA Greenways LogoThe monthly Queen Anne Greenways meeting is tonight at 6:30pm. The group has a new venue for their meetings – Bayview Retirement Community’s Kinnear Room. Bayview is located near the foot of the Counterbalance at 11 W Aloha St. Enter through the covered entryway off of 1st Ave W to acess the Kinnear Room.

Tonight’s agenda includes:

  • Ratification of QA Greenways’ two proposed new Blueprint priorities to replace two that were deleted or consolidated
  • 7th & McGraw intersection (near Coe Elementary)
  • 7-Way Stop
  • Queen Anne’s 20 mph zone
  • 10th Avenue West! Bring your ideas.

All are welcome to attend the meeting and bring ideas about pedestrian, cyclist, and driver safety on Queen Anne.

Join Queen Anne Greenways meeting tonight to identify 2015 safety priorities

QA Greenways LogoOur friends at Queen Anne Greenways are hosting their monthly meeting tonight, and they need your help! Are there areas of Queen Anne that are or have become dangerous for pedestrians? Nominate them as a project for the group to champion.

Some examples that have been sent to us as blog post ideas:

– Pedestrian crossing areas near Trader Joe’s and Bartell – pedestrians not using the crosswalk

– No crosswalk painted at Newton St (from Pharmaca to Helen’s)

– Need for stop signs at Wheeler St and 4th Ave N

And, from Queen Anne Greenways:

Find out how you can nominate a project and help make it a reality. Is there a street you would like to make safer for pedestrians and cyclists? Is there an intersection you would like to improve? Is there a transportation policy matter that needs to be addressed?

Also, come see what you can do to restore Queen Anne’s 20 mph zone!  Recently, the Seattle Department of Transportation proposed creating a safe and calm traffic zone on top of the hill but the Queen Anne Community Council rejected it.  Help us fight to get it back.

If you have ideas to add, plan on attending Queen Anne Greenways meeting tonight at 400 W Garfield St at 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend.  (same place as usual, 6:30 PM) to help set priorities.

 

Queen Anne Greenways meets Tuesday at the Queen Anne Library

QA Greenways LogoThe monthly Queen Anne Greenways meeting is this Tuesday, April 28th, at the Queen Anne Library. The meeting runs from 6:30pm to 7:45pm, with a hard-stop at 7:45pm due to Library hours (so no worries on it running over if you have to make plans).

The focus of this week’s meeting is the ongoing discussion of 2015 priorities to keep pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists safe on Queen Anne streets. All ideas will be gathered, discussed, then prioritized by those at the meeting.

Here’s the current list of priorities from past meetings:

  •  7th Ave W & W McGraw intersection/proposed 4-way stop
  • Repainting and/or painting crosswalks
  • 7th Ave W & Blaine St
  • Connecting to Uptown, Westlake, and other neighborhoods
  • Revisit what is included in “Greenways”
  • 10th Ave W & McGraw 4-way stop
  • Sharrowing the #1 bus route up the hill

All are welcome to attend the meeting and submit additional priorities – as well as vote on the list above. Help keep our streets safe and attend a Queen Anne Greenways meeting, all are welcome!

Queen Anne Greenways meets Tuesday with updates on 7th W & McGraw, 7-way stop, and more

QA Greenways LogoThe Queen Anne Greenways community group is hosting its monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24th. As always, the group is open to all residents who are interested in keeping our streets safe for pedestrians, cyclists, and even drivers.

Tuesday’s meeting will be at the Queen Anne Public Library, running from 6:30pm to 7:45pm.

On the agenda are updates for the 7th Ave W & W McGraw intersection, as well as the 7-way stop. Plus, they’ll provide info on work being done at the city-level, such as Sunday Parkways and Vision Zero.

The group will also be setting priorities for 2015, so if you have ideas for projects or initiatives, bring them along!

Queen Anne Greenways meets Tuesday; intersection updates and guest Sally Bagshaw

QA Greenways LogoThe regular monthly meeting of Queen Anne Greenways is set for this Tuesday at the Queen Anne Library meeting room, 6:30pm-7:45pm.

The meeting is open to all, and this month’s agenda has something for everyone, including special guest Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

– Sign in and Introductions (10 minutes)
– Report on the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways day-long retreat (10 minutes)
– Update on 7th Ave W and W McGraw St (10 minutes)
– Update & discussion on 7-way stop (15 minutes)
– Priorities for 2014-15 (e.g. Bicycle Sunday on top of the hill) (15 minutes)
– Conversation with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (15 minutes)
– Adjourn 7:45pm

Help Queen Anne Greenways make the 7-way stop safer for all

Updated: address for Seattle Country Day School – 2619 4th Ave N

Queen Anne Greenways is at it again, working to make our neighborhood safer. This Tuesday, October 21st, you can join them and other Queen Anne residents to discuss the 7-way stop intersection with traffic engineers and WSDOT.

7 way stop mapThe 7-way stop is a major entry/exit point for Queen Anne motorists traveling to or from Aurora Ave N/WA-99, as well as for traffic that crosses the hill to Interbay or Magnolia.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City of Bellevue engineers (yes, our neighbors to the east) and WSDOT will review a preliminary concept of how to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Since the intersection is so confusing, many cars tend to cross it more cautiously – but as a pedestrian, I’ve been completely invisible to drivers while in the crosswalk (and with a dog). While my experiences are anecdotal, keep in mind that Seattle Country Day School is a block north of the intersection, so many children must cross it on their way to or from school.

Because of the proximity to the school, the meeting will be held at Seattle Country Day Courtyard Classroom at 2619 4th Ave N. The location allows for a good look at the intersection’s traffic patterns prior to or during the meeting.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm and runs til 7:30pm. If you’re interested in attending the meeting, RSVP via email so the organizers can ensure adequate space.

In addition to the meeting, Queen Anne Greenways is also meeting with City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and gathering signatures for a petition. If you’re interested in signing the petition, request a copy via email (petition is a Word document). The petition has lines for multiple signatures, so you can gather multiple signatures from your neighbors.

Stay tuned for potential improvements to an intersection that surely confounds visitors to our neighborhood.

Queen Anne Greenways helps bring four-way stop to W McGraw and 7th Ave W

If you’ve been following the activities of Queen Anne Greenways, then you know that they’ve been advocating a 4-way stop at W McGraw and 7th Ave W. Located just a block away from Coe Elementary on a busy arterial, the intersection poses risks to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike.

Thanks to the efforts of Queen Anne Greenways, SDOT has proposed 3 options for the intersection – all result in a 4-way stop. According to Queen Anne Greenways, “elements in the three concepts can be mixed and matched based on community preference”.

The 3 preliminary options are all preliminary and subject to change. The proposed changes are listed below:

Option 1: the Plaza:

McGraw Option 1

  • extends the curb on the southwest corner
  • creates a small area for shrubs and plantings
  • maintains two of the three street trees at the corner
  • installs a mini plaza with decorative paving and a bench for seating
  • maintains the existing sidewalk in its current alignment
  • adds sidewalk extensions to the new corner

Option 2, the Nature Spot:

McGraw Option 2

  • extends the curb on the southwest corner
  • maintains two of the three street trees at the corner
  • creates a larger area for plantings and additional street trees
  • installs boulder/granite seating within the nature spot
  • removes the existing sidewalk and replaces with vegetation / bio swale
  • extends the sidewalk to meet the new corner

Option 3:

McGraw Option 3

  • all of the Nature Spot options at the southwest corner, plus the following at the southeast corner:
  • extends the curb
  • creates space for new plantings / bio swale
  • creates a new mini plaza with decorative paving and benches
  • creates space that could be used for bike parking
  • may displace two car parking spaces

Queen Anne Greenways has grown from a small meeting in a Queen Anne living room to a community group that is impacting change in the neighborhood. The group is happy with SDOT’s proposed changes and points out that SDOT is proposing greenery and a potential green storm-water infrastructure (GSI), at the corners rather than concrete, a more environmentally friendly approach.

This particular arterial crossing is on the planned Queen Anne Crown Greenway, which is noted in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan. It’s one step closer to Queen Anne Greenways goal, and an improvement that will increase safety for both residents and visitors.

Stay tuned for more news from Queen Anne Greenways on the option chosen and progress in the future. If you’d like to get involved, check out the QAG Facebook page or attend one of their regular monthly meetings, all are welcome.

SDOT presentation on McGraw & 7th Ave W at Queen Anne Greenways meeting today

The Queen Anne Greenways group meets tonight at 6:30pm at the Queen Anne Library. Why should you attend? Well, if you walk, bike, or drive through the intersection at W McGraw St and 7th Ave W, you likely know how dangerous it can be.

The intersection is a block away from Coe Elementary and is protected by only a 2-way stop – one of several concerns voiced by Queen Anne Greenways. SDOT’s Brian Dougherty will join the meeting tonight to present proposed safety improvements for this particular intersection.

Here’s what one of the QAG members put together on this intersection – you’ll have to attend the meeting tonight to hear how SDOT is responding:

7th Ave W intersection

Also on the agenda is Katie Idziorek of the Uptown Alliance. She’ll be providing an update on the Uptown Parklet.

All are welcome to join the meeting and help make our Queen Anne streets safer.